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Clay Bodies: General, Technical and Descriptive Information

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Chavant Clayette

Clayette is a new buff-white plasteline modeling clay by Chavant, the premier clay manufacturer since 1892. Remarkably non-sticky, yet smooth and easy to work, it is the choice of professional sculptors and model makers. Softer, Smooth & Seamless. Non-Toxic, Non-Drying, Sulfur Free, Odor Free. Tan color, comes in Soft, Medium and Hard. 2lb. blocks.

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57201
Soft, 2lbs
 
Soft, 40lb case
57202
Medium, 2lbs
 
Medium, 40lb case
57203
Hard, 2lbs
 
Hard, 40lb case

Chavant Professional Plasteline

Chavant Professional Plasteline is the original sculpting clay formula developed by Mr. Claude Chavant in 1892. The name was Trade-Marked by Chavant in 1927. Each of Chavant's various clays are used by industry professionals and the name "Professional Plasteline" should not limit the use of alternative clays by Professionals. Professional Plasteline is simply a name for one of the Chavant product lines. The basic formulation of Professional Plasteline has not changed very much during the past 100 years. It is a sulphur-based clay body that is pliable at room temperature. It is available in only one grade of firmness. If clients prefer a firmer clay body with similar characteristics to Professional Plasteline they should consider the Industrial Clays CM-50 or CM-70. Fantastic sculptural works have been achieved using these products. Professional Plasteline is one of the softest clays Chavant produces. DaVinci, soft and firm, are even softer. The sulphur filler gives this clay a silky feel appreciated by many artists. The clay has some amount of length but is susceptible to cracks when armatures move under the weight of the clay. Professional Plasteline is available in Brown or Gray-Green. Professional Plasteline is most commonly used by artists for the creation of sculpture and is often used to fill cracks in industrial patterns or to build dams when making splash molds.
  • Handling Tips: Professional Plasteline can be warmed to soften further. Using small amounts of water as a lubricant on the surface of the clay will help to attain a smooth surface.
  • Unique Prop's: Silky, smooth surface
  • Softening point: Professional Plasteline is generally used at room temperature but it is not uncommon to warm the clay to 110° F - 120° F to soften it even further.
  • Working Temp: Room Temperature
Cautions: Professional Plasteline contains sulphur, which may cause a burning sensation in the eyes of some users. Although not dangerous it may be uncomfortable. Over heating sulphur based clay will cause the sulphur to crystallize, which is easy to identify by the small, sand like granules which will be seen after the clay has been burned. Wash hands with soap and water after use.

  • Green Professional Plasteline (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57101
Green
2 lb block
57101A
Green
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57101B
Green
10lb block
57101C
Green
5 block case (50 lbs)
  • Brown Professional Plasteline (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57100
Brown
2lb block
57100A
Brown
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57100B
Brown
10lb block
57100C
Brown
5 block case (50 lbs)

Chavant NSP
Description: NSP was introduced in 1993. The intention was to eliminate the sulphur filler in a professional grade sculpting clay, which often caused inhibition problems with various liquid rubber mold-making materials. The NSP product line consists of clays that contain higher percentage of wax components making the clays somewhat "tuffer". Available in Soft, Medium or Hard (terms only relevant to the NSP product line) these clays have good adhesive qualities, flexibility and length. Because they are "tuffer" NSP tends to accept cut detail lines very cleanly, with no ragged edges. The surface texture of NSP will be somewhat "grabby" when compared to sulphur-based clays and even the NSP - Soft is rather firm by some people's standards. NSP is available in Brown or Gray-Green. All three grades of NSP - Brown are the same shade of Brown color. The Gray-Green shades are all different. Clients often want to mix clays. Sometimes clients want the mixed clay to be the same color other times they want the color to be different. NSP is commonly used by artists for the creation of sculpture and is often used to fill cracks in industrial patterns or to build dams when making splash molds. Product designers who freehand sculpt also use NSP. NSP is subject to surface oxidation. If the clay is in its original package it will have a long shelf life, certainly months and probably years. If the clay is repeatedly heated and cooled, oxidation is accelerated. Sometimes this characteristic is beneficial in handling or mold making since the surface can become harder. Clients rarely comment on oxidation.
  • Handling Tips: NSP can be warmed to soften but as it softens it also becomes sticky. Using small amounts of water, citrus-based solvents, lighter fluid, latex paint removers, turpentine or mineral spirits as a lubricant on the surface of the clay will help to attain a smooth surface.
  • Unique Prop's: NSP can actually be melted and poured as a casting, brushed or sprayed. The melting point is approximately 175° F.
  • Softening point: NSP - Soft is generally used at room temperature. NSP - Medium and Hard are most often warmed to a temperature of 110° F - 120° F to soften it. When it returns to room temperature it also returns to the initial firmness.
  • Working Temp: Room temperature to 105° F.
Cautions: Due to potential oxidation, if a model is expected to sit for months at a time, it may be best to keep it out of direct sunlight and to cover it with a plastic bag to prevent direct contact with air. Wash hands with soap and water after use.
  • Soft NSP (green & brown) (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57111
Green Soft
2lbs
57111A
Green Soft
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57111B
Green Soft
10 lbs.
57111C
Green Soft
5 block case (50 lbs)

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57110
Brown Soft
2 lbs
57110A
Brown Soft
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57110B
Brown Soft
10 lbs
57110C
Brown Soft
5 block case (50 lbs)

  • Medium NSP (green & brown) (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57121
Green Medium
2lbs
57121A
Green Medium
20 block case (20 lbs)

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57121B
Green Medium
10lbs
57121C
Green Medium
5 block case (50 lbs)

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57120
Brown Medium
2 lbs
57120A
Brown Medium
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57120B
Brown Medium
10lbs
57120C
Brown Medium
5 block case (50 lbs)

  • Hard NSP (green & brown) (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57131
Green Hard
2lbs
57131A
Green Hard
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57130
Brown Hard
2lbs
57130A
Brown Hard
20 block case (40 lbs)

Le Beau Touché & Le Beau Touché HM

Description: Le Beau Touché and Le Beau Touché - HM are two distinctly different products with some very similar characteristics. Both are sulphur free modeling clays that were introduced because of their exceptional smoothness and adhesive qualities. Le Beau Touché products are used by many types of artists who often are looking for a product that will stick to basically any armature material. Both Le Beau Touché formulas hold very good detail, carve and shape easily, have tremendous flexibility and will not dry or crack. Le Beau Touché - HM is preferred by clients working in warmer climates, above 90° F. It is very similar to the original Le Beau Touché but is slightly firmer and less tacky at room temperature. The original Le Beau Touché is very sensitive to heat variations but the HM formulation will remain stable even at higher temperatures. Le Beau Touché and Le Beau Touché - HM are every smooth and even flowing products. The smallest amount of heat, just friction from rubbing it in your hands, will soften the original Le Beau Touché. These clays may feel slightly firm in the original extruded blocks but slicing off small amounts will make it very manageable. The Le Beau Touché product line is commonly used by artists for the creation of sculpture or to build dams when making splash molds. Both formulas are available in Brown and Gray-Green. Handling Tips: Le Beau Touché can be warmed to soften but as it softens it also becomes sticky. Le Beau Touché - HM can be warmed to soften and will work quite nicely at about 105° F. Using small amounts of citrus-based solvents, lighter fluid, latex paint removers, turpentine or mineral spirits as a lubricant on the surface of the clay will help to attain a smooth surface.

  • Unique Prop's: Le Beau Touché has great adhesive qualities allowing it to stick to all armature materials including aluminum wire, aluminum foil, cardboard, foam or paper. Le Beau Touché products will not oxidize and can be left out or heated and cooled repeatedly without any significant change in the product
  • Softening point: Le Beau Touché and Le Beau Touché - HM are generally used at room temperature. Le Beau Touché - HM is sometimes warmed to a temperature of 110° F - 115° F to soften it. When it returns to room temperature it also returns to the initial firmness.
  • Working Temp: Le Beau Touché, up to 90° F maximum. Le Beau Touché - HM, room temperature to 105° F.

Cautions: Heat over 90° F will cause the original Le Beau Touché to get very soft and sticky and the clay will begin to sweat or sag. The HM formula will tolerate these normal changes. Wash hands with soap and water after use.

  • Le Beau Touché (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57141
Green
2 lb block
57141A
Green
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57140
Brown
2lb block
57140A
Brown
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57142
Cream
2lb block
57142A
Cream
20 block case (40 lbs)

  • Le Beau Touché HM (Call for additional case quantity price breaks.)
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57151
Green HM
2lb block
57151A
Green HM
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57150
Brown HM
2 lb block
57150A
Brown HM
20 block case (40 lbs)

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57152
Cream HM
2lb block
57152A
Cream HM
20 block case (40 lbs)


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